Resigning is a rare virtue

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima almost resigned this week until she realized she shouldn’t.

Nothing new really in government culture. Probably because it is hard to find new jobs nowadays.

Undersecretary Rico Puno said in the aftermath of the August 23 massacre that she would resign if asked by President Benigno Aquino III.

“We serve at the pleasure of the President,” and not at the pleasure of the voters, they would always insist.

Not Mrs. De Lima.

“What I can say at the moment is that the matter of whether or not to resign will purely be my judgment. It will be solely my call,” she cried.

Not because it will be at the pleasure of the President but at her own.

Soon after, in a few minutes later, she countered: She is staying on in the Cabinet for the present time and that her difference of opinion with President Aquino on charges that should be filed against those found liable in the bungled rescue does not warrant her resignation.

What a girl. She came like a typhoon and made a turn around ala Storm Ondoy even at first she said resigning is always an option although it was “going to be a serious decision.”

I am sure Secretary de Lima will not resign for now, not because job opportunities are getting fewer these days. She has vowed to serve the country well and serve the President at the same time.

She might eventually resign, though, or get fired by the President if he changes his mind with the help of his close friends in the Cabinet.

Look at Usec Puno. And look at Sec. Robredo. They appear to enjoy their positions on an equal basis. Nobody is more equal than the other. Like the famous trio at the Palace, the communication experts who are also enjoying their set up.

Nobody is resigning as yet. Sec. de Lima said she would still accept future jobs because “I’m a subordinate and alter ego of the President.”

Nonetheless, she gave assurance that whatever work the President wants to assign to her, she would willingly accept as her duty.

It is the President who determines the best course of action. His alter egos are only expected to support him in those actions he deems best, she added.

According to de Lima, certain quarters have suggested that she tendered her resignation as early as when the President directed the Malacañang legal panel to review the findings of the IIRC which she headed.

“Everything should be considered. What is this? What just happened? There appears to be a difference of opinion, a difference in policy,” de Lima clarified.

At the same time, she vowed to fully support and remain dedicated to the President and to the fulfillment of his dreams for the country.

So why resign? Raul Valino


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